Morphine, like all opioid drugs, produces a physical addiction. That is to say that prolonged use of morphine will cause individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms if they abruptly stop using.
Morphine and opium were the first opioids to produce withdrawal. That’s probably because they’re the oldest opioids around. In fact, when morphine was first synthesized in 1804, it was the first alkaloid to ever be isolated in a plant (the opium poppy).
Enough with the history lesson. What’s morphine withdrawal like in practical terms? How do morphine withdrawal symptoms differ from, say, heroin or methadone?
Well, to put it simply, morphine withdrawal stinks. Your body is freezing and burning up at the same time. You feel as if you’re always on the verge of throwing up. Appetite? What’s that? Your legs won’t stop kicking. Your anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate are through the roof. Everything hurts. Life looks bleak.
That’s the reality of morphine withdrawal symptoms. As a recovering addict and alcoholic, I speak from experience. After many years spent abusing narcotics (heroin, morphine, and oxycodone), I’m a bit of an expert on what detox is like.
However, and this is a big however, there’s hope! The very fact that an addict or alcoholic cares about getting sober enough to endure the hell of withdrawal is a good sign. I know I avoided it like the plague.
When the fateful day came that I was ready to accept help, I knew I was going to have to deal with the rigors of detoxing. Thankfully, I was able to go to a first-class rehab. The first step of this treatment center was to withdrawal me from all the pills and powders I’d been abusing.
That was the start of a whole new life. It was rough, yes, but it was so worth it.
Find a comprehensive list of morphine withdrawal symptoms below.
Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms
Morphine withdrawal symptoms generally last five to seven days. Symptoms peak on the second and third days and begin to dissipate afterwards. Common morphine withdrawal symptoms include:
• Sweating & Shaking
• Nausea & Vomiting
• Anxiety & Depression
• Muscle & Bone Pain
• High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) & Fast Heartbeat (Tachycardia)
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above symptoms of morphine withdrawal, seek help immediately! Although morphine detox isn’t fatal, it’s unpleasant and dangerous. In fact, the withdrawal from morphine is a major trigger for many addicts. They continue their addiction simply to avoid withdrawal.
Morphine Side Effects
Much like morphine withdrawal symptoms, side effects of this drug are pretty unpleasant. Still, with the exception of overdose, they’re not deadly on their own. That is to say, things like vomiting won’t kill you.
Make no mistake, morphine abuse is still very dangerous. Find common morphine side effects below:
• Skin Flushing
• Nausea & Vomiting
• Extreme Itching
• Decreased Respiration
• Decreased Heartbeat
• Blood Borne Diseases (HCV, HIV, etc.)
• Collapsed Veins (if injecting morphine)